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Nato (Youth Project)

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when the NATO project for 17 to 19-year-old pupils, for which field trials in selected schools and colleges are being held, was approved by his Department; which professional, political, local authority and Civil Service organisations were consulted before this project was approved; and if he will publish details of the pilot project and list the schools taking part.

No NATO project is undergoing field trials in schools or colleges here. The project developed by the European atlantic movement—TEAM— is a private initiative. The question of its approval by my Department does not arise, but individual members of Her Majesty's Inspectorate have responded to requests by those involved with it for advice. I understand that TEAM has been testing some of its materials with teachers in sixth forms in Teignmouth grammar school and Gordonstoun school and that it hopes to do so also with Marlborough college and Eltham Green comprehensive school.